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China's Tencent Pulls Celtics' Games After Enes Kanter Comments On Tibet

Oct 21, 2021 9:32 AM

The Boston Celtics had their season opener pulled off the air in China by broadcaster Tencent. This decision was made after Enes Kanter made comments about the Free Tibet movement.

Kanter recently took to social media and called China's leader, Xi Jinping, a "brutal dictator" for his treatment of the Tibetan people. Kanter then wore shoes to Boston's opener with Free Tibet messaging emblazoned on them.

Boston's games being pulled from the air in China follows Philadelphia 76ers games also not being broadcast in the country. That decision is in its second year, due to Daryl Morey running the Sixers basketball operations. Two seasons ago, Morey tweeted in support of Hong Kong, angering many in China. That led to the NBA as a whole being temporarily pulled off the air. The ban was then limited to Morey's then Houston Rockets' team, before being transferred to the 76ers last season and this season.

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Jaylen Brown To Have Inhaler Coming Out Of COVID-19 Recovery

Oct 20, 2021 4:36 PM

Jaylen Brown will be in the starting lineup for the Boston Celtics to open the season after testing positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 8.

Brown, who had been listed as questionable on Tuesday afternoon, said he had "some mild symptoms for the most part," including some breathing issues that he used meditation to navigate through.

"The most concerning was my breathing," Brown said. "I had to really focus to get my breathing kind of back to normal. ... But the more I focused on it, the better I was able to gain more efficiency in it."

The Celtics have provided an inhaler for Brown in case he needs it.

"I feel pretty good for the most part," Brown said. "Just coming off being in quarantine and ramping the intensity level, there's obviously concerns, risk of injury and things like that. Some of the coaches are concerned it might be too soon, just because this is the NBA."

 

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Celtics Re-Sign Jabari Parker

Oct 19, 2021 10:04 PM

The Boston Celtics have re-signed forward Jabari Parker after he cleared waivers.

Signed by the Celtics on April 16 of last season, Parker, 26, averaged 6.4 points (54.2% FG, 76.9% FT), 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 13.8 minutes over 10 games played with Boston in 2020-21. He played in four postseason games during Boston’s First Round series against Brooklyn, producing 8.5 points on 61.9% shooting, and 3.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes.

Selected with the second overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2014 NBA Draft, Parker has averaged 14.5 points (49.4% FG, 32.1% 3-PT, 74.1% FT), 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 28.3 minutes in 298 career games (190 starts) over seven NBA seasons with Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, Sacramento, and Boston. He has averaged at least 14.0 points in four of his seven NBA seasons, including two straight years from 2018-19 to 2019-20.

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Celtics Sign Brodric Thomas To Two-Way Contract

Oct 18, 2021 9:14 AM

The Boston Celtics are filling their second Two-Way spot with Brodric Thomas. Thomas played last season with the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers. Thomas started the year on a Two-Way deal with Houston. He was waived in mid-February and then joined the Cavs later that month.

In 28 appearances (one start) with Cleveland, Thomas averaged 4.1 points in 13.4 minutes per game.

In 14 games (13 starts) in the G League bubble, the former Division II star averaged 18.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks. He played for both the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Canton Charge in the bubble.

Boston has one standard roster spot still open. That spot opened when the Celtics waived Jabari Parker from his partially guaranteed contract.

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Celtics To Waive Jabari Parker

Oct 17, 2021 2:43 PM

The Boston Celtics are waiving forward Jabari Parker. Parker’s contract was guaranteed for $100,000 and that amount will go on the Celtics cap sheet for the 2021-22 season.

Parker signed with the Celtics late in the 2020-21 season. In 10 regular season games with Boston, Parker averaged 6.4 points on 54.2% shooting. Parker then averaged 8.5 points on 61.9% shooting, as Boston fell to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs.

The Celtics now have 14 players on standard contracts and one Two-Way player. That leaves Boston with an open standard roster spot and an open Two-Way spot.

There has been speculation that Boston was looking at adding another true big. Al Horford’s early-season availability is in question, after he tested positive for COVID-19. Robert Williams missed the Celtics final preseason game due to knee soreness.

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Garrison Mathews Declined Two-Way Deal With Celtics

Oct 17, 2021 10:12 AM

The Boston Celtics wanted to convert Garrison Mathews to a Two-Way contract, as opposed to waiving him. Mathews declined that deal. He's now an unrestricted free agent.

After playing the first two years of his career on Two-Way contracts with the Washington Wizards, Mathews believes he's earned a standard NBA deal. Mathews became a key starter for the Wizards late last season and into the playoffs.

In 82 games (24 starts) over two season, Mathews has averaged 5.5 points per game. He's a career 38.9% shooter on three-pointers.

Boston remains with one open Two-Way spot. Indications are that the Celtics will fill that spot before the regular season starts for them on Wednesday, October 20.

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Marcus Smart Suspended One Game For Missing Team Flight

Oct 14, 2021 2:47 PM

Marcus Smart has been suspended for Friday's preseason game by the Boston Celtics after he missed the team flight to Orlando. 

Smart is said to be "remorseful" for the issue.

Smart signed a four-year, $77 million extension with the Celtics this offseason.

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Al Horford Tests Positive For COVID-19

Oct 12, 2021 5:06 PM

Al Horford has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in quarantine.

Jaylen Brown tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday.

The Boston Celtics traded for Horford this past offseason after he left the team in free agency.

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Jaylen Brown Tests Positive For COVID-19

Oct 8, 2021 5:35 PM

The Boston Celtics have announced that Jaylen Brown has tested for COVID-19.

Brown is asymptomatic and is currently under quarantine. 

Ime Udoka previously tested positive before the start of training camp.

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Al Horford To Play Back-To-Backs This Season

Oct 8, 2021 9:21 AM

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said the team plans for Al Horford to play in back-to-back games this season. Following his trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Horford played in only one end of back-to-back contests. The Thunder then shut Horford down midseason, as they sought to get him healthy for a potential trade.

The Celtics reacquired Horford in Brad Stevens' first transaction as President of Basketball Operation. Boston sent Kemba Walker and a 2021 first round pick to Oklahoma City in exchange for Horford and Moses Brown.

Udoka said he sees Horford as a big part of the Celtics rotation this season and that playing back-to-backs is part of that. Udoka said, "Definitely something we discussed and we're already looking at scheduling a little bit. But like I mentioned before, Al’s come in in great shape and means a lot to the team."

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